OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 1/24/14

1) Are You a Master Recycler?
2) Legislative Town Hall (1/25)
3) Friends of Trees Neighborhood Planting and Mulching Day (1/25)
4) Walking Group Offers Safety in Numbers
5) Support Ride Connection just by shopping at your local Fred Meyer!

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1) Are You a Master Recycler?

Is there a Master Recycler in the house? OKNA is looking to consult with a knowledgeable person for an Earth Day project.. please contact us here or at info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org Thanks!
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2) Legislative Town Hall (1/25)

Join State Sen. Chip Shields, Representative/Speaker Tina Kotek and Representative Lew Frederick to air your ideas and concerns and get updated on the February legislative session.

Saturday, Jan. 25 
10:00 am – Noon
Self-Enchancement Inc., 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland, OR 

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3) Friends of Trees Neighborhood Planting and Mulching Day (1/25)

Join your neighbors for the Overlook/Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Tree Planting on Saturday, January 25. Meet at Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 N Rosa Parks Way. Please arrive by 8:45am to enjoy some hot coffee and breakfast treats. The planting starts promptly at 9:00am. We provide gloves and tools, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes. Our neighborhood volunteers will also provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the planting is complete. Please contact Andy or Jenny at (503) 595-0213 if you have any questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you out there!

If you are coming to mulch street trees, please meet at the church! We will travel together to the mulch pile at Interstate Flooring, 4075 N Interstate.

It’s going to be a beautiful day for planting and mulching!

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4) Walking Group Offers Safety in Numbers

We are an group of neighborhood folk who walk together for exercise and company and we would like you to join us! Several of us meet at the Sycamore trees on the triangle between the end of Shaver, the end of Castle, and North Overlook Blvd. at 5:00 every weekday afternoon. We walk anywhere from a half hour to an hour, getting good exercise and checking out the views from Mock Crest, Overlook Terrace, Melrose Place and the like. If interested, please call or e-mail Joyce Lackie, 503-287-4109, jclacki@comcast.net. We’d love to have you join us.

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5) Support Ride Connection just by shopping at your local Fred Meyer!

Ride Connection is a non profit group dedicated to providing responsive, accessible transportation options for those in need.
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give.
Here’s how the program works:

1. Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Ride Connection here. You can search for us by our name, Ride Connection, or by our non-profit number, 90642.
2. Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Ride Connection earn a donation!
You will still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today. Now, you will also be supporting our organization!

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 1/17/14

1) Businesses Open During Construction (for another month!)
2) OKNA/ Neighborhood Association General Meeting (1/21)
3) Friends of Trees Neighborhood Planting and Mulching Day (1/25)
4) Overlook Streetwalkers Are Soliciting
5) “Artemis” Letters Around
6) Resolutions Northwest Workshops
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1) Businesses Open During Construction (for another month!)

This message came today on the Overlook Sewer Construction mailer.. Please remember to support our neighborhood businesses through this ongoing construction, especially near the Killingsworth and Greeley intersection.

“Please remember that businesses within construction zones are OPEN. If you are traveling to a business within the construction zone, you may encounter orange signs and barricades reading ROAD CLOSED TO Thru Traffic – Local Access Only. The intention is to reduce overall traffic going through the area while construction is underway. However, all persons residing in or conducting business within the construction zone will be allowed access.”

This week’s sewer construction update is available at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/index.cfm?&a=394257

2) OKNA/ Neighborhood Association General Meeting (1/21)

Join your neighbors for the monthly neighborhood meeting! We’ll be hearing from Siobhan McGowan of Neighborhood House about a new shelter for homeless families in North Portland, and from the project architect for a new mixed-use development at 2730 N. Killingsworth (currently North Station Cart Pod).

We’ll also have reports and discussion about some of OKNA’s upcoming activities and hope to hear from you too!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7:00 -9:00 pm
Kaiser Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Avenue @ Overlook Blvd.

3) Friends of Trees Neighborhood Planting and Mulching Day (1/25)

The Arbor Lodge and Overlook Neighborhood Planting is coming up next Saturday, January 25. Recipients of new trees will of course participate but even if you are already treed-up, you can join in in a number of ways! Feel free to just show up, or contact the organizers about a specific job.

When Sat, January 25, 8:45am – 1:00pm
Where Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR (map)

Join us in planting trees as a volunteer or tree purchaser! Please arrive by 8:45am to enjoy some hot coffee and breakfast treats. The planting starts promptly at 9:00am. We provide gloves and tools, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes. Our neighborhood volunteers will also provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the planting is complete. Please contact Andy or Jenny at (503) 595-0213 if you have any questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you out there!

AND, if you want to do something a bit different, meet your neighbors at 9:00 am in the parking lot of Interstate Flooring, 4075 N Interstate and look for the big pile of MULCH.

A gang of mulch slingers will go out to nourish our existing street trees and we’re looking for help! Drop in and offer as much as you’re able.

If you have a pickup truck or know you’ll be joining us, please email OKNA and let us know: info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

Tree Planting Day is a GREAT way to get involved with your neighborhood.. it’s the gateway activity!

4) Overlook Streetwalkers Are Soliciting

This is a New Year’s call for anyone wanting to join an evening walking group. Several of us meet at the Sycamore trees on the triangle between the end of Shaver, the end of Castle, and North Overlook Blvd. at 5:00 every weekday afternoon. We walk anywhere from a half hour to an hour, getting good exercise and checking out the views from Mock Crest, Overlook Terrace, Melrose Place and the like. If interested, please call or e-mail Joyce Lackie, 503-287-4109, jclacki@comcast.net. We’d love to have you join us.

5) “Artemis” Letters Around

Has anyone in Overlook received one of the ‘Artemis of the Wildland’ letters? Anti-Merkley ones have been reported in nearby neighborhoods.
If you DO receive one, please report it to the police, they are interested. Notes from the same author have been considered hate speech as they targeted the disabled and food stamp recipients.

http://www.kptv.com/story/24433929/new-letter

6) Resolutions Northwest Workshops

Oppression and Microaggressions: Concepts, skills, dialogue…and beyond

There’s a lot of talk about oppression and microaggressions these days. You hear it in the news; you hear it in different circles across the city and beyond. What do these concepts really mean? How do they affect you? How do they affect the community you live in?

If these topics are new to you, this workshop is a great way to ground yourself in what they are and get some practice talking about them. And if you are already experienced, it’s an opportunity to refocus your equity lens and enjoy a rich dialogue.

For more information or to register: www.resolutionsnorthwest.org/events Or call Susan at 503-595-4890

Date: Friday, January 31, 2014, from 1pm – 5pm
Location: Resolutions Northwest, 1827 NE 44th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, Oregon 97213

We have free parking for cars and bikes, and we’re close to transit.

The fee for this workshop is $100. We ask you to pay what you are able.

Special note: This is a great foundation for our Interrupting Racism for Everyday Living Actionshop, which is offered the following week on February 7!

Also coming soon at Resolutions Northwest:

Basic Mediation Training, January 15-25

Your Life on Purpose: Let your core values kick-start your action plan, February 21-22

Advanced Mediation Training: Race and mediation Actionshop, April 10

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 1/10/14

1) Heavy Rains And Wind Tonight, Tomorrow
2) OKNA Board Retreat (1/11)
3) Overlook Business Speakeasy (1/15)
4) Newsletter Deliverers Needed
5) The Portland Police Bureau would like to hear from you!
6) Overlook Village Street Fair Fundraiser (2/19)
7) OKNA on Facebook

1) Heavy Rains And Wind Tonight, Tomorrow

Citizens can call transportation dispatch at 503-823-1700 to report debris, mud, rocks, trees, standing water or branches blocking a road. Strong winds may bring fallen trees, tree limbs, and power lines in streets and yards.    Report a downed power line in the Portland area to PGE at 503-464-7777 or PP&L at 1-888-221-7070. Do not try to free lines or to remove tree limbs from lines by yourself.

The Transportation Bureau is adding a crew and dispatcher on Saturday to handle an expected increase in calls to remove road hazards,  clear any clogged storm drains, and close roads temporarily in case of standing water.

Check storm drains for debris that can prevent water from draining: Citizens are advised to check nearby storm drains and clear any debris from them to prevent local street flooding. Do not remove storm grates; if a storm drain is clogged below the grate, call transportation dispatch at 503-823-1700.

2) OKNA Board Retreat (1/11)

The OKNA board will meet for a retreat this Saturday, January 11. OKNA members are welcome to observe, but not participate.
9:00 am- 1:00 pm
Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose

3) Overlook Business Speakeasy (1/15)

Its time again for another Speakeasy round table for Overlook business owners. Its an opportunity to start the year off right by connecting with a variety of business owners in the area to promote your business and to share advice.

This Speakeasy is going to be held at Pause at 5101 N Interstate Ave. They have agreed to make accommodations for our growing group. We’ll start up at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15.

If you are interested please reply to let me know so that we can have a head count. Also spread the word to other business owners in the neighborhood who might be interested in attending.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Brent Young: youngdesignstudio@gmail.com

4) Newsletter Deliverers Needed

As you hopefully know, our print newsletter Overlook Views is delivered every few months to every door in the neighborhood, and it’s all done by volunteer neighbors like you!

We have a need to cover a specific route on a permanent basis in the vicinity of Denver & Detroit. You don’t need to live in that part of Overlook to take this route; it’s a lot of fun to walk around a block where you don’t live!

Routes take about an hour, every three months. If you would like the Denver/Detroit route, or you’d like to be on the on-call delivery list, please write to Alan and Michelle at Views @ OverlookNeighborhood.org and let us know what you are up for.

5) The Portland Police Bureau would like to hear from you!

The bureau is seeking input from neighborhoods regarding policing services through a brief survey posted on the Police Bureau website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SPVFPXH. The survey results will assist Police Bureau management in the development of the bureau’s programs and service priorities for the FY 2014-15 Budget. To help with greater levels of participation, we would appreciate if you share this survey opportunity with your neighborhood association membership as well as anyone else you feel would be interested in providing input.

Thank you very much for your participation.

Mike Reese, Chief of Police

6) Overlook Village Street Fair Fundraiser (2/19)

We want this year’s Overlook Village street fair to be amazing, so we’ve decided to hold our first-ever silent auction fundraiser.

You will be able to bid on many great items donated from local businesses, breweries, and restaurants (stay tuned for a complete list). In addition to the auction, there will be live music from talented local bands Abigail, Dusty Grimm, and Joy Pearson. Food and drinks for attendees are included in the ticket price.

When: February 19, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Hatfield Warehouse 2130 N. Killingsworth (between the Naked Sheep and Podkrepa)
How Much: Tickets are $15 and will be sold in advance at several businesses along N. Killingsworth (look for the “tickets sold here” poster) as well as at the door.

If you have any questions or would like to donate an item for auction, please contact Rebecca McCracken at overlookvillage@gmail.com.

7) OKNA on Facebook

Be sure to ‘like’ OKNAinPDX on Facebook to keep up with all sorts of Overlook news. This week’s posts include a new bike trail in North Portland, a soccer event for Beach School kids and a new neighbor looking for vet recommendations (hey, she didn’t get any answers yet.. help a neighbor out!)

Be sure to like us and click ‘follow’ to receive our posts in your news feed
www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 1/3/14

1) Sustainable Overlook – Conversation and Potluck
2) Please Provide Your Input regarding Police Services in Portland

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1) Sustainable Overlook – Conversation and Potluck

Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Daybreak Cohousing 2525 N. Killingsworth Ave.

Join neighbors for an informal reading group. ‘The Transition Companion: Making your community more resilient in uncertain times’ by Rob Hopkins asks the question “What if the best responses to peak oil and climate change don’t come from government, but from you and me and the people around us?” We’ll be discussing the ‘Connecting’ section. A limited number of books are available free of charge. Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org
Bring a dish or snack to share. Free!

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2) Please Provide Your Input regarding Police Services in Portland

The Portland Police Bureau would like to hear from you!

The bureau is seeking input from neighborhoods regarding policing services through a brief survey posted on the Police Bureau website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SPVFPXH.  The survey results will assist Police Bureau management in the development of the bureau’s programs and service priorities for the FY 2014-15 Budget.  Please share this information with your neighbors and networks.

Thank you very much for your participation.
Mike Reese
Chief of Police

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 12/28/13

Happy New Year, Overlook!

While there isn’t anything queued up for this week’s agenda, I thought I’d take advantage of the blank space to help you prepare for 2014 in Overlook by sharing the events and activities we know we’ll be inviting you to.
Your participation is what makes these activities fun and worthwhile, so we hope you will pen them into your calendar now, and email us at info@OverlookNeighborhood.org to let us know you’d like to help out with planning and execution of an event close to your heart.

Ongoing

OKNA Meeting, 3rd Tuesday, every month
7:00 -9:00 pm
Kaiser Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave @ Overlook Blvd
Please drop in any time; our meetings usually involve discussion of current neighborhood goings-on and are a time for you to bring your wishes and concerns to your neighbors.

Comprehensive Plan Update/Neighborhood Centers
An ongoing land use/planning discussion open to all Overlook residents. Contribute your ideas to describe Overlook for the coming 20 years.

Pesticide Free Overlook
Neighbors can now take the Healthy Lawn and Garden pledge though Sustainable Overlook’s website. It’s easy and you’ll get a FREE lady bug yard sign. Volunteer opportunities include delivering lady bug signs, talking with neighbors door-to-door, working with local businesses, schools and parks. Questions about the project or exactly what being ‘pesticide-free’ means? Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org or call 503-956-0152.

Overlook Views Delivery
OKNA’s quarterly print newsletter Overlook Views is distributed by our all volunteer hero delivery team, and we’re always hiring! We are looking for a few people who will take a walk in Overlook & drop papers (it usually takes about an hour). Email Views@OverlookNeighborhood.org if you’d like a route.

January

Event: ‘The Transition Companion’ discussion and potluck
Thursday, January 09, 2014 06:30 PM
Daybreak Cohousing, 2525 N. Killingsworth Ave
Join neighbors for an informal reading group. ‘The Transition Companion: Making your community more resilient in uncertain times’ by Rob Hopkins asks the question “What if the best responses to peak oil and climate change don’t come from government, but from you and me and the people around us?”  We’ll be discussing the ‘Connecting’ section. A limited number of books are available free of charge. Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org Bring a dish or snack to share. Free!

April

Earth Day Annual Neighborhood Clean Up
This event bends to neighborhood wishes.. what would you like to tackle this year? We can have a litter pick up, a hazardous materials clean up, a beautification project, anything you like, really. Reach out with your idea and let’s see what’s possible.

May/June

Intersection Repair
Plan now for the party of the spring at the Intersection Repair at N Overlook Blvd/Concord/Failing/Melrose when we repaint and refurbish the street graphic and planter boxes. Helpers of all abilities and talents requested for cheerleading and placemaking.. come find out what that means!

July

Yard Sale/Free Share
Sustainable Overlook’s popular Yard Sale/Free Share should happen again, but we need some more planning help. Spread the word and let’s start cleaning out those basements now so we’ll be ready this summer.

August

Providence Bridge Pedal Volunteer Team
Join your OKNA neighbors to staff the rest station in St Johns town square. This brief and enjoyable gig nets a monetary contribution for OKNA, and helps fund your neighborhood newsletter, Overlook Views.

Pesticide Free Garden Tour
Last summer’s Pesticide Free Garden Tour was a big hit and many of you would like to be involved now that you see it’s not about perfect design, or weed-free manicured patches.. we want to see all kinds of gardens, so now is the time to contact us about being included in this year’s tour.

OKNA Neighborhood Picnic
In lieu of our August meeting, we have a picnic instead! This can be held as a potluck picnic or perhaps be hosted at a neighborhood restaurant. We are very interested in your wishes for a neighborhood gathering this summer; please let us know what you’d like to do.

September

Patton Square Park Party
Come for the performances and play, stay for the community spirit and positive connections! If you have small children, this is the event for you; come claim our pretty new park for a new generation!

Movie in the Park
After the enthusiastic response to this summer’s screening of ET: The Extraterrestrial in Overlook Park, we are eager to plan another Movie in the Park event with Portland Parks. We have a need right now for a couple of planners to join the committee; if you enjoyed yourself at ET, please reach us soon to make this summer’s event even better. Email Movie@OverlookNeighborhood.org today.

More Ongoing Overlook Groups

Overlook Livability Team (OLT)
This group meets on the first Sunday of most months for a couple of hours to clean up graffiti and litter in small teams. A great way to meet neighbors and really accomplish something tangible and positive.

Overlook Business Speakeasy
Meets Quarterly – Next Meeting: January 15, 2014
A group for Overlook business people; network with others and solve mutual business issues.

There will certainly be other things that come along on shorter notice, and I certainly may have missed something, but this should be enough to get you motivated for the coming year. We look forward to seeing you at one of these upcoming events.
Happy New Year,

Michelle & the OKNA Board

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 12/20/13

1) Overnight I-5 south closures (12/19-12/23)
2) Tree Planting Action on N Omaha (12/21)
3) Free Haircuts for Kids! (12/23)
4) Package Protection

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1) Overnight I-5 south closures (12/19-12/23)
Drivers will use I-405 as a detour during nighttime closures
Overnight closures of Interstate 5 south between the Fremont Bridge and the Marquam Bridge and the I-5 southbound exit to City Center/OMSI are planned December 19 – 23. The closures are needed for an inspection of the east approach to the Burnside Bridge, which passes above Interstate 5. Night closures of the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the same area are planned January 3 – 6.

Closures this week (weather permitting) are:
I-5 southbound exit 300B to Hwy. 26/Hwy. 99E/OMSI will be closed from 9 p.m. on December 19 until 5 a.m. on December 20. The detour is via Exit 302A.
All lanes of I-5 southbound closed and one northbound lane of I-5 closed between Fremont and Marquam bridges:
From 10:30 p.m. on December 20 to 7:30 a.m. on December 21
From 11 p.m. on December 21 to 7:30 a.m. on December 22
From 10:30 p.m. on December 22 to 5 a.m. on December 23 (if needed)
When I-5 south is fully closed, the following ramps in the area will also be closed:
Greeley Avenue to I-5 south
I-405 north to I-5 south
I-5 south Exit 302A to Rose Quarter
Weidler/Wheeling/Winning Way to I-5 south
I-5 south Exit 301 to I-84 east
I-5 south Exit 300B to Hwy. 26/Hwy. 99E/OMSI
All northbound ramps to I-5 will be open.

A map of the closure is here: https://web.multco.us/sites/default/files/southbound_i-5_closure_map.pdf

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2) Tree Planting Action on N Omaha (12/21)

Omaha Parkway Neighbors! Check this out if you live on the Omaha Parkway and go lend a hand… Or, if you just love planting trees!

Join the Arbor Lodge Tree Team this Saturday December 21 @ 9:00 AM to plant 2 trees in the Omaha Parkway! (two dead trees will be removed this week)
Meet initially at Rosa Parks & Omaha and plant in front of 6416 N Omaha Avenue. Then, when we’re finished, we will move to Jessup & Omaha to replace the tree there.
Bring your work gloves and learn how to plant and care for a baby tree!
Help the Neighborhood replant healthy lovely trees!

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3) Free Haircuts for Kids! (12/23)
Please SHARE and spread the word — THANK YOU!!!
With the cost of nearly everything increasing, even haircuts have become a “luxury” just not affordable too many!! For some people, even a haircut for Christmas festivities is a strain on the pocketbook. Share in the joys of the season and help create special memories.
Local stylists are providing FREE haircuts to youth in the community for Christmas. Monday, Dec. 23rd, 2013 from 10am-3pm at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community and Worship Center located at 5325 N. Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
Every child deserves to feel special every day, but especially at Christmas!! We all know that a new haircut makes you feel like a whole new person!! Help provide our young people by giving them confidence and this special treat,
First Come, First served. If you are a stylist or you have a person who cuts your hair enlist them!! VOLUNTEER
We need stylists to help contact Nin Dickinson at Perfect Image Plus Salon at 503-283-4905 and Say “I would love to help!!”
Help to make Christmas even more special!!! Even Santa and one of his elves will be handing out hot chocolate and candy canes and visiting with the children and families!
For General additional information contact Captain Hilary Patterson at 503-493-3925

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4) Package Protection

Portland Police remind us that this time of year brings out individuals who are looking for crimes of opportunity as well as those thieves who actually follow delivery trucks and target homes when the delivery is made.
You wouldn’t leave your shopping bags on your doorstep? Why would you leave your packages? Check out PPB’s recommendations: http://www.portlandpolice.com

If you work at home or are around the neighborhood, please help keep an eye on your neighbors’ property and call 911 when appropriate.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 12/13/13

1) Tonight! OKNA Holiday Potluck (12/13)
2) Portland Superfund Cleanup: A Community Forum
3) Peruse Comp Plan Map App with N Portland Neighbors (12/18)
4) Sewer Repair Report
5) Kwanzaa Celebration at City Hall (12/27)

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1) Tonight! OKNA Holiday Potluck (12/13)

Join your neighbors and friends for the annual Overlook Neighborhood Holiday Party and Potluck on Friday, December 13th, 2013. Once again, Daybreak Cohousing will host the party in the community’s lovely Common House at 2525 N. Killingsworth Street (between Delaware and Wilbur). Bring a potluck dish or beverage to share (plates and utensils will be provided) and enjoy tasty food with the company of your neighbors! With any luck, the Common House will be
festively decorated and a cozy fire will be burning in the fireplace. 

The party will get started at 6:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm. In addition to the tasty treats provided by all of the guests (thank you in advance!), there are always a number of great door prizes. But, you must be present to win, so grab something at the store, or create something from your own kitchen and join us for an evening of fun, conversation, food, prizes, new friends and old

Can’t make the whole event? Stop in and say hello and have a drink or snack; we’d love to see you!

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2) Portland Superfund Cleanup: A Community Forum (12/16)

Monday December 16, 2013 7:00 pm
St. Johns Community Center
8427 N Central St, Portland, Oregon 97203

A discussion on the cleanup of our river, and the disposal of the resultant toxic waste.
Presentations by Barbara Quinn from the Citizens Advisory Group,
(CAG), Travis Williams from Willamette Riverkeepers, Sean Sheldrake from the EPA, Barbara Smith from Lower Willamette Group. Followed by a Q&A session.

I don’t have information to link you to, but recall that Swan Island Basin is an alternative site also being discussed for toxic waste disposal. Please consider attending this meeting if you are interested in river health.
Hosted by the St. Johns Neighborhood Association

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3) Peruse Comp Plan Map App with North Portland Neighbors (12/18)

A group of North Portland land use folks will get together to go through the Comprehensive Plan Map App in order to get in comments before the deadline (12/31).

If you’d like to help weigh in with what you think is important going forward, please join us at the Historic Kenton Firehouse.

Here is a link to the app if you haven’t seen it yet: http://www.portlandbps.com/gis/cpmapp/
Hope you can join us!

When: Wednesday December 18, 7:00pm
Where: Historic Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N. Schofield

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4) Sewer Repair Report
DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

-Crews will be microtunneling this Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on N Killingsworth (Wilbur to Delaware ).

-The remaining restoration of Sumner Street (west of Delaware ) has been delayed due to cold weather.  A new date for restoration will be scheduled when forecasts show a sustained period of temperatures above freezing.

-Work is scheduled to begin on Blandena, Wygant and Boston later this month and into January. More detailed information will be available within the next two weeks.

-The construction contractor is not scheduled to work December 24, December 25 and January 1.

-Matt Gough is now your primary contact for questions, comments and concerns regarding the Overlook project. You can reach Matt by phone at 503-823-5352 or by email at Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov.

Please remember our business neighbors near Killingsworth and Greeley, they are suffering the closure of Killingsworth and would surely appreciate you stopping by for a coffee, drink or meal!

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5) Kwanzaa Celebration at City Hall (12/27)

Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland present a Kwanzaa Celebration
Friday, December 27, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 pm
City Hall First Floor
Free and Open to All

Libation Ceremony, Music, Food, Entertainment and Spoken Word
Kujichagulia = Self Determination
to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves

www.portlandoregon.gov/deep deep@portlandoregon.gov

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 12/6/13

1) Arts & Crafts Spectacular at Trillium Charter School (12/7 & 12/8)

2) Santa Is Coming to Overlook House on December 8!

3) Documentary Film and Potluck (12/12)

4) OKNA Holiday Potluck (12/13)

5) Adopt-A-Neighbor for the Holidays

6) Portland Superfund Cleanup: A Community Forum

7) OSPIRG Renter Guide

1) Arts & Crafts Spectacular at Trillium Charter School (12/7 & 12/8)

Trillium Public Charter School warmly invites you to join us at the Arts & Crafts Spectacular on December 7 & 8 from 10:00-5:00. The Spectacular is a community art fair that promotes the work of 40 talented artists, selling everything from glass mosaics to handmade soap and tutus. In addition to selling the work of artists, we sell student work and engage the community with music and food. No admittance fee.

Trillium Arts & Crafts Spectacular
December 7-8, 10:00-5:00
5420 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
spectacular@togetherfortrillium.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/219475024875634/

2) Santa Is Coming to Overlook House on December 8!

Overlook House will host a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself on Sunday, December 8th from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Come tell Santa what you want for Christmas and have your picture taken with him. Write a letter to the North Pole, get your face painted, play games, and enjoy the special holiday fun with us. Sants’s looking forward to seeing you there!

Overlook House, 3839 North Melrose Drive

3) Documentary Film and Potluck (12/12)

‘Passive House: A Building Revolution’

Sustainable Overlook Soup and Cinema is back! From the producers of the award winning film ‘The Power of Community’, “‘Passive House’ takes you on a journey through the most important development in building design, construction and retrofitting in a generation. For 20 years the Passive House standard has been quietly spreading across Europe, applied both to residential and commercial buildings.” It’s a must-see film for homeowners, builders and architects and anyone interested in reducing heating and cooling energy use by 80%. Bring a dish or snack to share. Free!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

6:30pm until 8:30pm

Daybreak Cohousing

2525 N. Killingsworth, Portland, Oregon 97217

4) OKNA Holiday Potluck (12/13)

Join your neighbors and friends for the annual Overlook Neighborhood Holiday Party and Potluck on Friday, December 13th, 2013. Once again, Daybreak Cohousing will host the party in the community’s lovely Common House at 2525 N. Killingsworth Street (between Delaware and Wilbur). Bring a potluck dish or beverage to share (plates and utensils will be provided) and enjoy tasty food with the company of your neighbors! With any luck, the Common House will be
festively decorated and a cozy fire will be burning in the fireplace. 

The party will get started at 6:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm. In addition to the tasty treats provided by all of the guests (thank you in advance!), there are always a number of great door prizes. But, you must be present to win, so grab something at the store, or create something from your own kitchen and join us for an evening of fun, conversation, food, prizes, new friends and old

5) Adopt-A-Neighbor for the Holidays

Overlook neighbors have shown incredible giving spirits the past 2 years and REACH Resident Services is putting out the call for 2013. Families like those living at Patton Park Apartments (5272 N. Interstate) are often left out of gift-giving and receiving. Through your donations of a new toy, jacket or basic necessity (food, diapers, bus tickets), families restore their sense of community and hope. REACH Community Development’s Patton Park Apartments is home to over 40 children living below median income. We are seeking Overlook neighbors who are interested in adopting a neighbor for the holidays. To adopt or for more information, contact Erica Tucker, MSW- Resident Services Coordinator at (503)546-1662 etucker@reachcdc.org.

6) Portland Superfund Cleanup: A Community Forum (12/16)

Monday December 16, 2013 7:00 pm

St. Johns Community Center

8427 N Central St, Portland, Oregon 97203

A discussion on the cleanup of our river, and the disposal of the resultant toxic waste.
Presentations by Barbara Quinn from the Citizens Advisory Group,
(CAG), Travis Williams from Willamette Riverkeepers, Sean Sheldrake from the EPA, Barbara Smith from Lower Willamette Group. Followed by a Q&A session.

I don’t have information to link you to, but recall that Swan Island Basin is an alternative site also being discussed for toxic waste disposal. Please consider attending this meeting if you are interested in river health.
Hosted by the St. Johns Neighborhood Association

7) OSPIRG Renter Guide

Some good information for renters: http://ospirg.org/page/orp/oregon-renters-guide

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11/15/13

1) Overlook House Holiday Bazaar This Weekend! (11/16 & 11/17)
2) OKNA General Membership Meeting (11/19)
3) Bread Making Part Deux
4) Public Safety Action Committee Meeting – Special Date (11/20)
5) Arts & Crafts Spectacular at Trillium Charter School (12/7-12/8)
6) Santa Is Coming to Overlook House on December 8th!
7) Street Seats Applications Available Now

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1) Overlook House Holiday Bazaar This Weekend! (11/16 & 11/17)

Saturday, November 16, 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, November 17, 9 AM to 4 PM
3839 North Melrose Drive

All three floors of the Overlook House will be bursting with stocking stuffers as well as that perfect gift for someone special. Bake sale returns with many of your favorites!

Several new vendors will be participating as well as some of your “old favorites.” Items include Pendleton fabric purses, framed poetry, floral arrangements, jewelry, pickles, aprons, garden art, cards, sock animals, journals, scarves, cutting boards, household cleaner, napkins, wine boxes, matted photos, clothing, bath & body products, baskets, wine bottle lamps, crocheted hats, quilts, fused glass items, and more!

A great opportunity to begin you holiday shopping in the neighborhood! Shop Local!

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2) OKNA General Membership Meeting (11/19)

Join your neighbors this Tuesday evening for a discussion of neighborhood business. On the agenda, we plan to hear more about the Oregon Solutions Project and Neighbors for Clean Air, two groups that are working hard on the topic of bad smells and poor air quality around Swan Island.

We’ll meet as usual from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Kaiser Town Hall Building: 3704 N Interstate @ Overlook Blvd. See you there!

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3) Bread Making Part Deux

The Sustainable Overlook Bread Making Workshop planned for this past week was cancelled, but will be rescheduled! If you’d like to learn about bread making with a little help and hands on support, email Sustainable @ OverlookNeighborhood.org and ask to be put on the waiting list for the next workshop.

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4) Public Safety Action Committee Meeting – Special Date (11/20)
North Portland PSAC
Our speakers this month are Angela Wagnon and Jenni Pullen from ONI Crime Prevention. They will be giving a presentation on Problem Oriented Policing.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Historic Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield – across from the post office)

NOTE: December’s meeting is cancelled. Next meeting will be on January 22, 2014. See you next year!

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5) Arts & Crafts Spectacular at Trillium Charter School (12/7-12/8)

Trillium Public Charter School warmly invites you to join us at the Arts & Crafts Spectacular on December 7-8 from 10:00-5:00. The Spectacular is a community art fair that promotes the work of 40 talented artists, selling everything from glass mosaics to handmade soap and tutus. In addition to selling the work of artists, we sell student work and engage the community with music and food.

Trillium Arts & Crafts Spectacular
December 7-8, 10:00-5:00
5420 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
spectacular@togetherfortrillium.org        http://tinyurl.com/2013-Spectacular

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6) Santa Is Coming to Overlook House on December 8th!

Overlook House will host a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself on Sunday, December 8th from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Come tell Santa what you want for Christmas and have your picture taken with him. Write a letter to the North Pole, get your face painted, play games, and enjoy the special holiday fun with us. Sants’s looking forward to seeing you there!

Overlook House, 3839 North Melrose Drive

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7) Street Seats Applications Available Now

PBOT has updated its Street Seats program and set an application deadline of March 1, 2014. Street Seats is a program of the Portland Bureau of Transportation that allows organizations to build a temporary platform in the on‐street parking lane. The platform is the same height as the curb and extends the sidewalk space in order to add additional outdoor seating for a restaurant or to provide additional public space for people to stop, sit, and take in the life of the street.

Today, Portland has eight Street Seat installations, seven of which were organized by restaurants to offer outdoor café seating.  One installation has been designed solely for open public seating and is located at the Center for Architecture at NW Flanders and NW 11th Avenue.

While encouraging additional restaurant and café proposals, the Transportation Bureau will prioritize design proposals that are open to full public use, such as the NW Flanders installation.

Proposals may be seasonal or year-round, and may be located in any part of the city

Application packets as well current Street Seat locations may be found at  www.PortlandOregon.gov/Transportation/StreetSeats

A pool of Street Seats photos from Portland and elsewhere may be found at http://www.flickr.com/groups/pdxstreetseats/

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11/08/13

1) Czech/Polish/Hungary Festival Tomorrow! (11/9)
2) Land Use: Comp Plan Mapping Meeting (11/20)
3) Sewer Restoration Continues
4) Re-sign up for Flash Alerts
5) OSPIRG Cares About Your Credit Concerns
6) Adopt-A-Neighbor Program
7) Santa Is Coming to Overlook House on December 8th!

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1) Czech/Polish/Hungary Festival Tomorrow! (11/9)

Please join us on Saturday, 11/09 from 1-7pm, for the Visegrad Group PDX Festival.

The Visegrad Group will be celebrating the 95th anniversary of the independence of Czech, Poland and Hungary. Their traditions, history, arts and craft and national food will be celebrated and shared with their Portland neighbors.

The festivities will include:
- history lessons
- Lively music by bands and DJs 
- Agnieszka Laska Dancers
- No-host food and drink

Admission is free! 3832 N Interstate Ave. at the Polish Library Hall. For more information, please visit: http://czechschoolportland.org/visegradpdx

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2) Land Use: Comp Plan Mapping Meeting (11/20)

If you are interested in the future of Overlook and North Portland, be sure to attend the North District Mapping Conversation, November 20, 6:30-9:00 PM, at the University of Portland, Chiles Center, Hall of Fame Room, 5000 N Willamette Blvd.

This event will begin with a presentation of key Comprehensive Plan components (6:30-7:30), followed by an open house that focuses on key land use changes under consideration in St Johns, Kenton, and other areas in North Portland (7:30-9:00).

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3) Sewer Restoration Continues

Several residents and property owners have inquired about the restoration work yet to be done on some sidewalks, curbs, driveway aprons, planting strips and other areas affected by sewer construction, including in Campbell, Court, Overlook Terrace Alley, Mason, Massachusetts, Simpson and Sumner streets. Concrete segments will be poured, top soil replaced and grass re-seeded by next April, 2014, following completion of major construction activities. All locations that have been emailed or called in to Public Involvement have been placed on a list and shared with the construction team. Construction crews continue to focus on major sewer construction and street restoration activities. We appreciate your patience.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/394257. To receive email updates for this project, send an email to Cheryl Kuck at Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov with “Overlook” in the subject line.

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4) Re-sign up for Flash Alerts

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU NEWS RELEASE
We have changed email list providers. If you would like to continue receiving email news releases from the Portland Police Bureau – please sign-up here:
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/flashsignup.html

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5) OSPIRG Cares About Your Credit Concerns

The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group sent out a mailing about their latest project.

Does checking your credit hurt your credit score? Will cancelling your credit card hurt your credit? Here are some answers.

Knowing what affects your credit is essential to your financial health because your credit affects everything from your ability to get a mortgage, a car loan or even a job. That’s why we put together answers to some of the most common questions about how to manage your credit.

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6) Adopt-A-Neighbor Program

Overlook neighbors have shown incredible giving spirits the past 2 years and REACH Resident Services is putting out the call for 2013. Families like those living at Patton Park Apartments (5272 N. Interstate) are often left out of gift-giving and receiving. Through your donations of a new toy, jacket or basic necessity (food, diapers, bus tickets), families restore their sense of community and hope. REACH Community Development’s Patton Park Apartments is home to over 40 children living below median income. We are seeking Overlook neighbors who are interested in adopting a neighbor for the holidays.

To adopt or for more information, contact Erica Tucker, MSW- Resident Services Coordinator at 503-546-1662 etucker@reachcdc.org.

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7) Santa Is Coming to Overlook House on December 8th!

Overlook House will host a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself on Sunday, December 8th from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Come tell Santa what you want for Christmas and have your picture taken with him. Write a letter to the North Pole, get your face painted, play games, and enjoy the special holiday fun with us. Santa’s looking forward to seeing you there!

Overlook House, 3839 North Melrose Drive

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